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Australia and England are set to resume their battle in this double-Ashes year, with the two teams descending on Brisbane for the first Ashes Test of the Australian summer.
Venue: ‘Gabba, Brisbane
Commences: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Start time: 12 a.m. GMT (10 a.m. local)
Live on: Sky Sports 2
Weather: The Weather Channel is predicting fine conditions for the opening three days of the Test with top temperatures of 29, 28 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. However, rain and possible thunderstorms have been forecast for the fourth and fifth days on Sunday and Monday.
One gets the sense that the opening Test of this Ashes series represents a defining moment in time for both Australia and England.
For Australia, the ‘Gabba turf is the ideal place to show that the gains made during the back end of the English summer can begin to translate into triumph. While the Australians have displayed marked improvement under the guidance of new coach Darren Lehmann, honourable losses will quickly become tiresome for the game’s fans Down Under.
Meanwhile, for England, this opening encounter is the first step toward cementing the team’s Ashes legacy. With three consecutive series victories, this group has the opportunity to become the first England team in 80 years to win consecutive Ashes series on Australian soil.
Thus, this Test in Brisbane carries vital importance, particularly given the profound advantage that is won by claiming the opening battle of an Ashes duel.
Australia: Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, David Warner, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Shane Watson
England: Alastair Cook (c), James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Michael Carberry, Monty Panesar, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, Chris Tremlett